VJ Books Presents Author Greg Rucka!
Greg Rucka, born November 1969, is an American comic book writer and novelist. Rucka was born in San Francisco, California and raised on the Central Coast of California, in what is commonly referred to as "Steinbeck Country." He began his writing career in earnest at the age of 10 by winning a county-wide short-story contest, and hasn't let up since. He graduated from Vassar College with an A.B. in English, and from the University of Southern California's Master of Professional Writing Program with an M.P.W.
He is the author of nearly a dozen novels, six featuring bodyguard Atticus Kodiak, and two featuring Tara Chace, the protagonist of his Queen & Country series. Additionally, he has penned several short-stories, countless comics, and the occasional non-fiction essay. In comics, he has had the opportunity to write stories featuring some of the world's best-known characters‹Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman‹as well as penning several creator-owned properties himself, such as Whiteout and Queen & Country, both published by Oni Press. His work has been optioned several times over, and his services are in high-demand in a variety of creative fields as a story-doctor and creative consultant.
Rucka's work, particularly in comics, has attracted critical and fan acclaim, and has also won several awards, including Eisner Awards for the "Half a Life" storyline in Gotham Central (for which he also won a Harvey Award),
Whiteout: Melt and Queen and Country. He was also featured in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation comic book miniseries "Dying in the Gutters" as the accidental killer of a comics gossip columnist while intending to kill Joe Quesada over his perceived role in the ending of Gotham Central.
Greg resides in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, author Jennifer Van Meter, and his two children. He thinks the biggest problem with the world is that people aren't paying enough attention.
Greg Rucka Bibliography
- Alpha - 2012
- Bravo - 2014
Atticus Kodiak series
- Keeper - 1997
- Finder - 1998
- Smoker - 1999
- Shooting At Midnight - 2000
- Critical Space - 2003
- Patriot Acts - 2008
- Walking Dead - 2010
Queen & Country series
- A Gentleman's Game - 2005
- Private Wars - 2006
- The Last Run - 2011
- Batman: No Man's Land (comics) - 2000
- Perfect Dark: Initial Vector - 2005
- Perfect Dark: Second Front - 2007
- The Blue Religion
- A Good Run - 2001
AWARDS AND HONORS
- 2000 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series (for Whiteout: Melt)
- 2002 Eisner Award for Best New Series (for Queen & Country, with Steve Rolston)
- 2004 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story (for Gotham Central #6-10: "Half a Life", with Michael Lark)
- 2004 Harvey Award for Best Single Issue or Story (for Gotham Central #6-10, with Michael Lark; tied with Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez for Love and Rockets #9)
- 2010 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book (for Detective Comics)
- 2011 Eisner Award for Best Short Story (for "Post Mortem" from I Am An Avenger #2, with Michael Lark)
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